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A common /home partition for multiple Linux distributions

I have an Ubuntu installed in one partition, Debian on the other and now I am planning to install backtrack and SUSE also. Debian mounts a separate partition as its home mount point, whereas Ubuntu ...
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How can I move my /home directory to another partition if it's already part of the / partition?

I have a wonderful running Maverick Meerkat install going on right now. I want to move my /home to another partition as per many suggestions. How can I go about doing this without reinstalling the ...
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What are “$PATH” and “~/bin”? How can I have personal scripts?

What is $PATH? How can I have commands/programs which are only available for me? I have seen this path ~/bin mentioned before, but what is it used for, and how do I use it?
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What happens if I delete the default folders in my home folder?

What are the consequences of deleting any of these? e.g.: How will applications that expect them to be present behave? Where will the items on my desktop go?
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Can I change personal folder locations?

I did this in Windows 7. My Documents, Videos, Music and other personal folders are in D:\ because it is my media disk. In case of a system failure, I will always have access to these files when I ...
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What are the pros and cons of having a separate home partition?

This is not a question about how to create a home partition, just as a caveat. :) What are the pros and cons to having a separate home partition? How do I know if having one is right for me? Will it ...
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Reinstalling Ubuntu without formating /home, as well as without any old config files?

I have /home on a separate partition. I want to reinstall Ubuntu. I don't want to lose my personal files in /home (I already have a backup but I would like to avoid the hassle of restoring the ...
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How do I encrypt my home partition?

With Ubuntu 9.10 I did not have any encrypted partitions set up, I have since installed a fresh Ubuntu 10.04. I have 3 partitions: OS root (/), home and swap. How do I enable encryption on my ...
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Installing programs in root vs home partitions?

I'm a new Linux user and a Windows convert. I tried Ubuntu (Dapper Drake) a few years ago and liked it quite a bit, and I'm in the process of installing Xubuntu 13.10 along side Windows7 on my brand ...
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How can I install a package without root access?

I have no root access on this machine. I would like to know if there is a way I can download Ubuntu packages and install them as non-root? Probably in my ~/bin or ~/usr/share or something like that? ...
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Home on a different partition

How do I define a separate partition for Home? How does it affect systems with multiple users? EDIT Okay, thanks for all the answers, I understand the thing about Home on adifferent partition, so ...
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Repairing the FSTAB

I recently changed my /home to another partition and after it caused problems (I had it formatted as NTFS) I wish to change it back to it's original location. I changed the FSTAB listing for /home to ...
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Increase the /home partition without losing the data

I have a 320 GB harddrive with three partitions / , /home and swap. What I want to do is change the size of swap which now is 8 GB to 5 GB and append that 3 GB to my /home partition. I have searched ...
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How to re-mount a different partition as /home?

When I installed Ubuntu 10.04, I installed it on a single 16GB partition which includes /, /boot, /home etc. I have another partition on the system (ext3). It is easily accessible from the GNOME ...
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Using a folder on an ntfs partition as /home

I use wubi to install Ubuntu 10.10 on my ntfs partition. So I want to change the home folder to a folder on the ntfs partition. I could keep the personal configuration, software and so on after ...
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How to setup a SFTP server with users chrooted in their home directories?

I have been trying to set up a SFTP server with multiple users chrooting into their home directories. I followed the advice on this guide and then executed the following commands on the user's ...
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Encrypt home drive after installation

I declined to encrypt to my home drive whilst installing ubuntu. Is it possible to encrypt it after installation? if so, how?
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How can I detect and delete all lost configuration folders?

Over the time there is an increasing number of hidden .configuration folders in my home folder. Many of these come from applications I only installed for testing or from applications that I don't use ...
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How to make user home folder after account creation?

I created a new user with useradd name and forgot to use -d -m to create their home directory. I tried making one, copying the contents of /etc/skel, and chowning everything to the new user. ...
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Random images appearing in my home directory… Where are they coming from?

Here's an odd problem I've had for a while. Every so often, I find that I have several jpeg images sitting in my home directory that I didn't put there. I'm fairly sure this isn't a security breach ...
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Choose another partition for /home directory during installation of Ubuntu? [duplicate]

Since this question as addition in another question i created got lost, here is it as a separate question. Is there a possibility to choose another partition for /home directory during installation ...
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Root Owns Home Directory, chown does not work

I am running Ubuntu 12.04 and having various problems. I have traced it back to the fact that my user's home directory (/home/user) is owned by root. The /home directory is actually mounted on ...
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post installation /home partition

i installed ubuntu 1st with the default partitions and now i want to migrate to a swap boot home ... partition layout.is it possible to change that after the installation ? Best regards, Georg
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How to move my Home-Directory?

I have three partitions on my netbook: ntfs with windows 7 ext 4 with Ubuntu 11 and fat32 for my private data On the fat32-Partition Ubuntu und Windows 7 should share my private data. How could I ...
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Keeping the same /home partition after a clean install

I currently have 2 partitions for my ubuntu installation: A / partition and a /home partition. When Ubuntu 13.04 is released I plan to reinstall ubuntu while keeping the same home partition. Is it ...
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Create default home directory for existing user in terminal

How do I do this? I created a user without a home directory and now I want to create one. Not just a folder called new_user, I want the default home directory with all it's folders and hidden files, ...
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Home directory not being created

I am trying to understand system administration on Ubuntu. So, as an example, I create a dummy user using sudo useradd -d /home/linda linda and the passwd to create a the password. I check that an ...
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What is ~/.face (binary)?

I just noticed this file, .face, in my home directory: -rw-r--r-- 1 root root 14747 2012-01-07 01:35 .face Never seen it or heard of it before, and google doesn't seem to know either. ...
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Advantages of separate /home partition on HDD + SSD setup

I have a brand new SSD and would like to optimize my Ubuntu 12.10 installation for best speed and durability of device. From what I know, there should always be a lot of free space in an SSD, and ...
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Unallocated space, how to resize /home partition?

I removed my Windows OS and now I want to resize my /home partition with that unallocated space. The main problem is that the free space is not under my sda4. How to move it there and then resize my ...
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Encrypted Home directory not auto mounting

I somehow managed to break auto-mounting for my encrypted home directory. Every time I login via SSH, I see this: valorin@joshua:~$ ls -la total 44 dr-x------ 3 valorin valorin 4096 2012-03-17 ...
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Should I as a developer use var/www in conjuction with apache?

I come from a strong Windows background. Therefore with IIS I have some site on my D drive, I then point IIS at this location and start serving files. With Apache though it seems var/www is the ...
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Accidentally ran command, now don't know what to do

Accidentally ran command sudo chmod -R o+x /home on my Ubuntu 12.10. Now what me to do? is that dangerous? I have no backup of partition, so I think this command is not reversible. SO me to ...
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Ubuntu keeps creating dummy directories

Whenever I boot into Ubuntu, something (frankly, I'm not sure which program does that) creates a bunch of directories, namely ~/Music, ~/Videos, ~/Documents, and ~/Audiobooks. I know it's possible ...
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Can I change the /home folder after ubuntu installation? [duplicate]

I had installed Ubuntu 11.10 on a clear 40gb hd, but now i have a 100gb partition that i want to use as a /home folder, is there a problem to simple use fstab to change the mounting point? I'm ...
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How do I share files on my home network?

I would like to set up a home network with the various Ubuntu machines I have at my home. They are all running 10.04. It would have to be able to share files and maybe even chat. :) Any information ...
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How to clean caches in my homedir

My home directory is getting huge (100GB plus). When backupping it I notices that there are quite some caches there. Which important caches are there in my homedir and how should I clean them? One ...
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'/'var/www/' vs '/home/$USER/public_html'

I recently started using Ubuntu as a LAMP server. I've come across plenty of tutorials that say to place the files at '/var/www/' and I've also seen others that put them in '/home/$USER/public_html/'. ...
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How do I move my encrypted /home to a new computer?

Hi I have a new notebook and I want to move my home data to the new computer. I think there are multiple ways of doing this copy all to a external hdd and move back on new computer do an Deja-Dup ...
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How to make Downloads folder behave like a temp directory

In order to reduce disk space usage, I want to automate a temporary clean in my Downloads folder. I figured two ways to do so: 1) Changing the configurations of firefox, etc. to save files to /tmp/ ...
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How do I give www-data user to a folder in my home folder?

I have a folder: /home/myuser/folderA I want to give www-data user write access to the above, while 'myuser' continues to have normal access (as it is myuser's home folder anyway). Which commands do ...
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restore Ubuntu's default settings without having to reinstall

I want to restore Ubuntu 12.04 to it's stock configuration, but I don't want to reinstall or reformat my home partition. I don't have a way to backup my files, which is why I don't want to have to ...
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How to set Desktop to show files and folders from different directory?

Currently, when all windows are minimized and closed, the desktop will show files and folders located in /home/user/Desktop. I want to change this behavior and have my home folder be displayed for ...
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can't log in after password change (ecryptfs)

I am on Ubuntu 12.10 with one user using encrypted home. A while back I have changed by user password and then forgot it. I then made a backup of my files using Dustin's help to an external drive. I ...
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Why does an encrypted folder totally fill my /home/ folder?

When I installed Ubuntu 10.10 on my laptop from the CD, I choose for encrypting my home folder. Just after, I copied a lot of files to ~, but that copying might not have worked. Since then my ...
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Can I replace disk containing /home without reinstalling Ubuntu?

I have formatted my hard disks so that /home sits in one separate disk. Now that disk has become faulty. I am wondering whether it is possible to replace only that disk and make a new /home partion on ...
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What purpose does the Public folder serve

In default Home directory, there is a folder called Public. What purpose does that serve? Are documents in that folder accessible to all users on the same computer? What are the default permissions ...
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Decrypt $HOME from Separate Partition after re-install

Previously, I had installed 10.10 with three partitions - sda1-/boot(ext2) sda2-/(btrfs) sda3- /home(btrfs). And I have chosen encrypted home folder. Now on same machine I have installed 10.04 (LTS) ...
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Reinstall with existing /home LUKS

My 10.04 machine uses three partitions: 5 GB for /boot, 25 GB for / and 120 GB for /home. / and /home are encrypted with LUKS passphrase. I've downloaded the alternate installer in order to reinstall ...
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What's the best way to add native-looking links to my NTFS data partition?

I have many documents, backups, movies, photos which I have in a Windows data partition (D: drive) that is on the same box as my Ubuntu installation. I want to be able to use this from Ubuntu, with ...